Anton Chekhov Quotes

Most popular Anton Chekhov Quotes

Man is what he believes.
— Anton Chekhov


The whole of Russia is our orchard.


Conciseness is the sister of talent.


Forests are the ornaments of the earth.
If you are afraid of loneliness, don't marry.
— Anton Chekhov


If you are afraid of loneliness, do not marry.


A writer should not so much write as embroider on paper.


Eyes—the head's chief of police.  They watch and make mental notes.


But perhaps the universe is suspended on the tooth of some monster.
— Anton Chekhov


When an actor has money he doesn't send letters, he sends telegrams.
— Anton Chekhov


Any idiot can face a crisis—it's day to day living that wears you out.
— Anton Chekhov


When you read proof, take out adjectives and adverbs wherever you can.
— Anton Chekhov

parts of speech

A fiancé is neither this nor that: he's left one shore, but not yet reached the other.
— Anton Chekhov
Despicable means used to achieve laudable goals renders the goals themselves despicable.
— Anton Chekhov


I have in my head a whole army of people pleading to be let out and awaiting my commands.
— Anton Chekhov

why I write

A grimy fly can soil the entire wall and a small, dirty little act can ruin the entire proceedings.
— Anton Chekhov
Medicine is my lawful wife and literature is my mistress. When I get tired of one, I spend the night with the other.


Reason and justice tell me there's more love for humanity in electricity and steam than in chastity and vegetarianism.
— Anton Chekhov


There is no national science just as there is no national multiplication table; what is national is no longer science.
— Anton Chekhov


Perhaps the feelings that we experience when we are in love represent a normal state. Being in love shows a person who he should be.
— Anton Chekhov


There are plenty of people in the world, solitary by temperament, who try to retreat into their shell like a hermit crab or a snail.
A writer is not a confectioner, a cosmetic dealer, or an entertainer. He is a man who has signed a contract with his conscious and his sense of duty.
— Anton Chekhov
Critics are like horse-flies which hinder the horses in their plowing of the soil.  The horse works, all its muscles drawn tight like the strings on a double-bass, and a fly settles on his flanks and tickles and buzzes.


Man has been endowed with reason, with the power to create, so that he can add to what he's been given. But up to now he hasn't been a creator, only a destroyer. Forests keep disappearing, rivers dry up, wild life's become extinct, the climate's ruined and the land grows poorer and uglier every day.
— Anton Chekhov

mankind environment